New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi indicated stronger co-operation with Vietnam by saying, ‘India and Vietnam will make joint efforts for an open, independent and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. In the Indo-Pacific region, sovereignty and international laws will be respected and disputes will be resolved through dialogue’.
Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang is currently on India visit and he met Prime Minister Modi on Saturday. Bilateral relations and the co-operation in the Indo-Pacific region were the main topics discussed in the meeting. Agreements between India and Vietnam in nuclear energy, trade and agriculture sectors were signed at this time. According to the sources, a decision was also made to increase the co-operation in the oil and gas exploration sector. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj was also present in the meeting.
Vietnamese President Quang supported the Indian stand with respect to the ‘South China Sea’ issue. India has stressed upon multilevel co-operation with ‘ASEAN’, the association of South-East Asian countries using the power of the ‘Look East’ policy. At the same time, it has taken a firm stand about ‘Freedom of Navigation’. President Quang also announced co-operation with India in the maritime sector and cyber-security issues.
The Indian Prime Minister stressed on increasing investment in the oil sector in Vietnam and providing aid for a stronger co-operation on the defence sector during the meeting. Indian companies are carrying out oil exploration in the Vietnamese sea region and China has expressed strong displeasure against it.